Best screwdriver kit for working on firearms

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by wpshooter, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. wpshooter

    wpshooter Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Looking for recommendations for the best screwdriver kit for working on firearms for less than $150.

  2. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member

  3. Charles Christensen

    Charles Christensen New Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Check out the brand name "GRACE USA" on eBAY or Amazon. I don't remember the price but I think it was well under $25 for a very nice set of eight screwdrivers that are made for gun work.
  4. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    ..whatever you do, I wouldnt recommend Wichester brand from w-mart, a BIG joke!
    For the price a coulpe a years ago, I thought, why not? Anyone need any "metal" to add to their scap pile?
  5. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    That Wheeler kit linked above is a decent set for the pricetag. A friend of mine has a couple sets of these. One stays at the cabin where we do a lot of shooting and one at home.

    Brownells has a similar set by Chapman, less bits but about half the price. You'll wind up spending a little more if you need extra bits that aren't in the set.

    I've got a cheap Harbor Freight knockoff set similar to that Chapman set but I've added a few tips from Brownells and/or Midway.

    I've also got a whole rack full of custom ground screwdrivers for specific brand/models. Most of these were hollow-ground from whatever I had handy at the time. I've always got a box full of cheap screwdrivers (new, old, I'm not fussy) laying around in case I need to grind one to fit a specific screw.
  6. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Two dirty little secrets about gunsmith screwdrivers:

    1) They all bend or break. There are NONE that will get out a really stubborn screw when used in a hand held driver.

    2) Most gunsmiths have a "good" set, but in the nitty-gritty, they will do as Bindernut does and grind something to fit.

    Another tip. Hollow ground screwdriver bits are great for removing tough screws, but only if chucked in a drill press and held tightly into the slot with the drill press handle while turning the chuch by hand. Buggered screws are rarely caused by breaking out the sides of the slot (unless the screw is really junk); they are caused by the screw driver jumping out because the hand can't hold it in. The drill press holds it in. (Padding, etc., should be used as needed.)

  7. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Good tip, Thanks Jim!
  8. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Yup, you're right on the money Jim.
    Even a hollow-ground screwdriver can cam out of a screw head, but they're much better than the good old fashioned "flat-ground" tapered screwdrivers.

    I've got a 3/8" diameter grinding wheel that I use to grind my custom drivers. Makes for a 3/16" radius.

    Excellent advice on using a drill press to hold a bit on a tough screw. Didn't think to mention that but I've had to do it a few times also.

    Another thing that works really good is a product called EZ-Grip. It's a light oil that has carborundum grit in it. You put a drop on the screw head and the grit digs into the driver and the screw head to help keep em from camming apart.
    Valve grinding compound works too, but it's not quite as coarse of a grit.
    I learned that trick from years of splitting VCR and car-stereo assemblies that are often really tiny screws that are loc-tited in place.
  9. Charles Christensen

    Charles Christensen New Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Made a mistake on the GRACE-USA set of screwdrivers. They were about $37.
  10. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    This my not be the best screwdriver kit but its a great tool for the gun bag.
    I have yet to not be able to breakdown something at the range with the use of it...

    Gun Tool:
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    I would have never though of using a drill press to work on a stubborn screw.

    Learn something new every day.
  12. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Yes it works because the chuck cannot be forced away from the screw. That is the problem with a hand held screw driver. This is a good thread. Good mention Jim K.

  13. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    By the way Jim, that is a fabulous name you have.

  14. rodriger

    rodriger Former Guest

    Mar 21, 2012
    Discover brand "GRACE USA" on eBay or Amazon. I do not remember the price, but I think it's well below $ 25 for eight very good screwdrivers are made to work the gun. :dancingdots:
  15. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    One can spend large amounts of money on ultra premium name brand tools, or firearms. The tool or gun alone will not make one a "master" or even competent. Often a well made moderately priced product will get the jobs done and last a working lifetime or two in almost all but the most severe levels of service.

    Those professionals who make their living "turning wrenches" often buy super premium tools like "Snap-On" or "Mac" for reasons that include the pride of "owning the very best"; the Tool Truck man usually extends credit; and if it ever breaks it gets repaired or replaced under a lifetime no strings warranty.

    On the other hand, lesser major retailer brand tools like "Craftsman" have a lifetime warranty, will take a lot of abuse and usually still get the job done. If you live near a "Harbor Freight Tools" store their "Professional" Chrome-Vanadium alloy steel tools made in China or Taiwan are usually a good buy for the money, if you have the skill and experience to usually judge a tool by its appearance, materials, and workmanship.
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